How to Change your Mind

How to Change your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

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"When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781594204227
1594204225
Characteristics: xii, 465 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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JamiGramore
Nov 20, 2018

This is another wonderfully written book by Michael Pollan that I can't praise enough. It's a combination of all the topics I find most interesting -- the neuroscience of consciousness, psychedelics, mental health, history of drugs, and dealing with death. He also includes his trip reports, which he describes as accurately as possible in rich, elegant prose.

In particular, I really appreciate the fact that he approaches the subject of spiritual/mystical/transcendent experiences from a more scientific perspective, capturing the universal qualities of these experiences that don't necessarily depend on belief in the supernatural. Personally, I strive to understand the science of how these molecules affect the brain, and that understanding does not detract from the healing and the sense of awe that I've gotten from psychedelic therapy.

liljables Sep 10, 2018

Michael Pollan hasn't disappointed me yet! His non-fiction is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, balancing in-depth research with insightful, often humorous personal insights. Now, I will admit that "How to Change Your Mind" didn't immediately compel me to make any changes in my personal life, as some of his previous books have, but it did inspire me to strike up some truly fascinating conversations with loved ones re: their experiences with psychedelics.

If the holds list is getting you down and you're just dying for the highlights of this books, I'd recommend watching/listening to Michael Pollan being interviewed on The Joe Rogan Experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz4CrWE_P0g

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BIDIBID
Aug 17, 2018

I always catch up on Michael Pollan's books as they are published and this one is my favourite.
The great natural drugs that have been outlawed for decades are having a resurgence, and this is good to see. An important book for the times. Read it if you are interested in health and mental health. I only hope that these drugs are legalized soon and health professionals can administer them for the real benefits they have.

TechLibrarian Aug 17, 2018

The famous food writer Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, Cooked, etc.) tackles a new subject, psychedelics. This book consists of three main parts: the science and the history of psychedelics (even how that name came to be), and a personal account of Pollan's own experiences as he--a self-avowed materialist--experiments with psychedelics. The research presented in this book has interesting implications for those who struggle with depression, alcoholism and addiction, and for those nearing the ends of their lives.

ArapahoeTina Jul 27, 2018

A fascinating and comprehensive book on psychedelics that gives a balanced look at their history, applications for treating mental illness and for those looking for more meaning in life, and the neuroscience of how they act on your brain. Pollan also includes very personal accounts of his own experiences with these powerful and transformative substances.

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okbookgirl
Jun 11, 2018

Pollan has written a thorough, balanced and utterly fascinating account of psychedelics (psilocybin, LSD, and a little-known toad venom! ) in North America. He covers the recent history which includes many other people than the best known "faces" of earlier days, e.g., Timothy Leary at Harvard, Ken Kesey in California and Abram Hoffer in Saskatchewan. Pollan talks to present-day scientists, medical practitioners, psychotherapists and "trip guides", some of whom are exploring and scientically documenting the use of these drugs to help people with terrible illnesses like PTSD, depression and severe anxiety, and also in palliative care. He experiments himself with psychedelics, and writes in a thoughtful and beautiful way (as always) about these experiences. He explains the neuroscience of the brain and the effects of these drugs in a way that a non-scientist can understand.

I have admired all of Pollan's work since I read "Botany of Desire", and his food books have been celebrated for changing how many people think about what we grow and what we eat, but this book is his best and most important book yet.

PimaLib_MattL Jun 08, 2018

Michael Pollan does an excellent job tracing the history of psychedelic research, from its inception in the 1940’s and 50’s to its demise in the 60’s and its resurrection recently as a treatment for addiction, depression, and the existential fear of death in cancer patients. Psychedelics can induce mystical experiences, which Pollan tries valiantly to describe, despite their ineffability.

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gametl
May 24, 2018

Mostly a dull laborious read that goes over the same stuff from every angle imaginable. References to online materials may be more enlightening?

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